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Maher Represents SAA at WIPO Copyright Deliberations

SAA Past President and IPWG member William Maher represented the views of American archivists as a permanent observer at the World Intellectual Property Organization’s Standing Committee on Copyright and Related Rights meeting, December 16-20. Attendees discussed an international treaty for library and archives exceptions for copyright, including provisions related to orphan works and making preservation copies. Maher noted that many of the national delegates are less familiar with the mission of archives than that of public libraries; his statement on SAA’s behalf helped to bridge that gap. (View his presentation and that of the International Council on Archives representative here, at 26:30 and 34:00.) For more information, click here.

SAA's Holiday Book Sale

We want to help make your holiday season merry and bright: Take 20% off print titles purchased in the SAA Bookstore, now through Friday, December 20. Individuals who take advantage of this promotion will also receive a free SAA Chico Bag with their order and will be automatically entered into a drawing for a chance to win one of two $50 certificates to the SAA Bookstore!

NOTE: The 20% off applies only to print books published by SAA. To be eligible for the discount, enter Happy Holidays  in the promo code field when checking out. The discount will not appear on the website but will be applied when the order is processed by SAA. Winners of the drawing will be notified by December 27.

Happy holidays from the SAA office!

Plan Now to Exhibit at ARCHIVES * RECORDS 2014

In August 2014, Washington, D.C., will become the ARCHIVES * RECORDS capital of the world! You’ll have access to the year’s largest audience of archives, records, and information professionals who are eager to learn about your products and services, ask questions, and provide their perspectives. The CAPITAL IDEA! Archives and Information Technology Expo brings together—in one place and at one time—the purchasing decision makers at the national, state, and local levels. The CAPITAL IDEA! EXPO is your best opportunity all year to make CAPITAL GAINS! Take advantage of their great ideas—and share a few of your own! Purchase your booth today!

2015-2017 Annual Meeting Sites Announced

In light of the "Principles and Priorities for Continuously Improving the SAA Annual Meeting" adopted by the Council in August, SAA has selected the following sites for the 2015-2017 annual meetings: Cleveland (Ohio) Convention Center in 2015 (August 16 - 22), Hilton Atlanta in 2016 (July 31 - August 6), and Oregon Convention Center (Portland) in 2017 (July 23 - 29).

Cameron Pledges Dollar-for-Dollar Match for Disaster Recovery Fund

SAA Fellow Dick Cameron, who serves on the SAA Foundation’s National Disaster Recovery Fund for Archives Grant Review Committee, has pledged a dollar-for-dollar match of up to $2,000 for 2013 donations to the Disaster Recovery Fund. Read more about the fund here. To make your donation (and double the contribution!) by December 31, click here.

Ballot Set for 2014 Election

Fourteen candidates vying for three different offices are slated for SAA’s 2014 ballot.  Click here to read more.

November/December Archival Outlook Is Now Available!

In this issue, Randall Jimerson shares a personal story of how his father’s fight for civil rights in 1960s Birmingham, Alabama, shaped his calling as an archivist; Beth Luey explores the Institute for Historical Editing; Alexis Braun-Marks, Jarrett M. Drake, Patrick Galligan, and Erin Platte discuss the trademarks of a successful archival internship; and much more. The PDF is available here; the print copies will be mailed shortly.

ARCHIVES*RECORDS: Ensuring Access Proposal Notification Schedule

Did you submit a proposal for the Joint CoSA/NAGARA/SAA meeting in August? Curious about when you’ll learn whether your proposal was accepted?  Click here for the Program Committee’s notification schedule.

The American Archivist: New Issue Available NOW!

Curl up with a good read in this chilly weather. In the Fall/Winter 2013 issue of The American Archivist, Mark Greene and Randall Jimerson debate whether being an ethical archivist means pursuing social justice in all phases of archival practice; Caryn Radick sinks her teeth into the narrative and plot of Bram Stoker’s Dracula from an archival perspective; and Karen Gracy plumbs professional attitudes toward digital distribution of archival moving images; plus much more! Click here to access the issue online; the print edition will arrive in your mailbox just in time for the December holidays!

Call for Member Comment: Best Practices for Internships as a Component of Archival Education

Internships play a unique role in the archival profession, with many graduate archives programs requiring them as a component for a degree. Due to the importance internships play in the development of so many SAA members and the profession, providing a "Best Practices" document with guidelines for interns, faculty supervisors, and intern supervisors is well advised. While this document does not deal with every eventuality, the hope is that it provides guidance for interns, faculty advisers, and intern supervisors.

After circulating this document among the Archives Management Roundtable, Archival Educators Roundtable, College and University Archives Section, and Students and New Professionals Roundtable (SNAP), the authors (SAA Council members Huth, Kaplan, Mangiafico, and Zanish-Belcher) now seek comment from all SAA members. Once final revisions are completed by the end of November, the document will be forwarded to the SAA Standards Committee for final review prior to being reviewed by the SAA Council at its January meeting. Comment publicly here, or email by Friday, November 22.

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